Bard Education’s Commitment to Health & Safety

Bard Education maintains that keeping our participants, staff, and community safe is our top priority. As we make a careful transition back to in-person programming, we will provide clear and up-to-date communication of how we mitigate and monitor health/safety risks.

The strategies below are informed by the PHO, BC Safe Schools, BC Camps Association, WorkSafe BC, and Bard’s Joint Health & Safety Committee. They will be updated to coincide with PHO guidelines and Bard’s own Communicable Disease Prevention Plan when necessary. Last Update: March 25, 2022.  

Thank you for your support and compliance! For questions related to Bard Education’s Health & Safety measures, please contact Education Manager, Katie Johnstone.


OUR VACCINATION POLICY 

As of April 8, 2022, patrons and visitors will not be required to produce proof of vaccination to access the Festival site, as that PHO requirement will no longer be in effect. All Bard employees are fully vaccinated.

OUR MASK POLICY 

Masks are strongly encouraged for Bard Education staff and participants. During programs hosted on Bard premises, exemptions can be made during certain activities, such as eating, drinking, and performance. Disposable masks will be available on request.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES 

Staying Home When Sick: Participants and employees that are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID 19 are asked to notify us of their absence and stay home.

Physical Distancing: We recommend all participants/staff maintain at least 2 meters of distance between each other whenever possible. Signage will be posted to help with flow and to indicate occupancy limits for the relevant spaces (including washrooms).

Sanitizing Protocols: The program area will be cleaned and disinfected at the beginning and end of each day, including materials/resources/equipment, all high-touch surfaces, and washrooms.

Hand-Washing Protocols: We recommend all participants/staff wash their hands well and often for at least 20 seconds, followed by a thorough rinse. Hand-sanitizing stations will be installed near activity spaces.

Cough/sneeze etiquette: We recommend all participants/staff cover their mouth and nose with a sleeve or tissue when coughing or sneezing, and turn away from others when coughing or sneezing.

COVID RELATED CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS 

Please note that we will do everything we can to prevent a program cancellation on our part. The above measures are all in place to avoid this. If we’re unable to offer the program in-person as scheduled, we plan to shift to online activity before a full cancellation. In the event that Bard needs to cancel programming, we will issue a refund to all registrants.

We also recognize that individuals may need to cancel their participation at short notice for COVID-related concerns. If you are unable to attend your Bard Education program due to COVID-related concerns, we will offer a credit, transfer or a refund.

COVID-related concerns will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.